Trish Jacobs, is the president of the Avignon Villas HOA and she is proud of their community in Olathe, Kan., along with 26 friends and supporters who believe they have a good HOA for the residents at Avignon Villas.
The Meekers represent a growing number of vocal residents upset with their homeowners associations. While many HOAs still support their residents, others now harass them with narrow and odd rules. Fines for violating those rules can be heavy, leading to liens against residents and even loss of their homes.
Homes associations are meant to keep neighborhoods from turning shabby and to maintain property values. But when homeowners don’t follow their strictly enforced regulations, they may be fined, end up in court or even lose their homes. Here are their horror stories.
The Stout family in Lee’s Summit painted a swing set purple. Their HOA was unhappy, and the case ended up in court, drawing international attention. The family won, but not really, considering legal costs.
Emporia, Kansas native and modern art furniture maker Wendell Castle passed away at the age of 85 at his home in Scottsville, N.Y. His work is displayed around the world and his work is in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Belger Arts Center. In 2002, the city of Leawood, Kan., commissioned a bench titled “Faith,” for the Brook Beatty Park.
Kansas City police are investigating a shooting Monday afternoon that left one man dead. Officers were called to the area of Gregory Boulevard and Indiana Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Blue Valley Northwest High School student John Albers was remembered at a candlelight vigil on the playground of Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Overland Park Sunday evening. Albers was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a call at his home Saturday night.